Kookaburra Showboat Cruises http://kookaburrariverqueens.com Brisbane's Best Cruises | Cruise, Wine & Dine on board the Kookaburra Queens Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:26:30 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 134548229 Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruises http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/valentines-day-dinner-cruises/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:40:01 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=9891 Valentine’s Day is tomorrow… And it’s not to late to book something Romantic! Say ‘you float my boat’ to the person you love most, with a romantic cruise this Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss out on spoiling your loved one with an unforgettable City Lights Dinner Cruise on the Brisbane River. THREE ROMANTIC CRUISES TO CHOOSE […]

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow… And it’s not to late to book something Romantic!

Say ‘you float my boat’ to the person you love most, with a romantic cruise this Valentine’s Day!

Don’t miss out on spoiling your loved one with an unforgettable City Lights Dinner Cruise on the Brisbane River.

THREE ROMANTIC CRUISES TO CHOOSE FROM!
Select a buffet dinner cruise on board the Kookaburra Queen II or an intimate three course dinner on board the air-conditioned Voyager.

AMOUR PACKAGE ON KOOKABURRA QUEEN II
Includes
• Scenic river cruise
• Contemporary seasonal buffet
• Bottomless sparkling, selected beer + soft drink
• Dessert assiette served to your table
• Live music throughout the evening
• Banquet seating with romantic theming
$99 per person

EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE ON KOOKABURRA QUEEN II
Includes
• Scenic river cruise
• Guaranteed table for two
• Bottomless sparkling, selected beer + soft drink
• Chef’s selection of gourmet deli platter on arrival
• Contemporary seasonal buffet
• Dessert assiette served to your table
• Live music throughout the evening
$149 per person

3 COURSE DINNER ON VOYAGER
Includes
• Three Course A La Carte dinner
• Bottomless bubbles, selected beer & soft drink though out the night
• Scenic Cruise on the Brisbane River
• Guaranteed table for two
• Live Entertainment
$169pp

BOOK NOW. Call our office on 3221 1300 or book online through our secure booking portal >

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COMPETITION: Win A Lunch Cruise for Four http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/competition-win-lunch-cruise-four/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:01:46 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=9108 WIN A WEEKEND JAZZ LUNCH CRUISE FOR 4 To celebrate free bubbles & beer on Weekend Lunch & High Tea, we are giving away a Weekend Jazz Lunch cruise for 4! Simply complete the form below to enter the draw. ENTER THE DRAW TO WIN * indicates required First Name * Last Name * Email […]

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WIN A WEEKEND JAZZ LUNCH CRUISE FOR 4

To celebrate free bubbles & beer on Weekend Lunch & High Tea, we are giving away a Weekend Jazz Lunch cruise for 4!

Simply complete the form below to enter the draw.


ENTER THE DRAW TO WIN

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One entry per email address. Winner drawn at random at 3:00pm, 31st January 2018. Winner notified by email.

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New Years Eve Masquerade Cruise http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/new-years-eve-masquerade-cruise/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:41:38 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=8436 Voyager Cruises by Kookaburra will be hosting a Masquerade Ball on board the brand new Voyager this New Years Eve. It’s THE Cocktail event of the year. Celebrate the final hours of 2017 with glitter, feathers and opulence on board the air conditioned Voyager. Indulge in premium canapes & finger food, live entertainment and drinks […]

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Voyager Cruises by Kookaburra will be hosting a Masquerade Ball on board the brand new Voyager this New Years Eve.

It’s THE Cocktail event of the year. Celebrate the final hours of 2017 with glitter, feathers and opulence on board the air conditioned Voyager.

Indulge in premium canapes & finger food, live entertainment and drinks as we celebrate the new year in style.

Flaunt your best self this NYE – be flashy, be sensational, be amazing! Dress to impress in cocktail attire. Remember, masks are essential! Come on board looking fab for your chance to win great prizes.

Be entertained throughout the night with our resident DJ playing favourites all night long, guaranteed to get you out on the dance floor.

This is an 18+ event.

Tickets $199 per person

Includes:
• Premium finger food
• Glass of sparkling on arrival
• 6 drink tokens
• DJ on board playing party favourites
• Spectacular views to watch the midnight fireworks display

Book online here or call our office on 3221 1300

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Kookaburra Queen Wedding Highlights http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/kookaburra-wedding/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:51:15 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=5203 Here is a little taste of what you can expect from a beautiful wedding on board the iconic Kookaburra Queens. Special thanks to all the amazing Brisbane wedding vendors, as well as our wonderful Bride and Groom Stacey & Roo. To find out more about these special wedding vendors, please click on their link below: […]

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Here is a little taste of what you can expect from a beautiful wedding on board the iconic Kookaburra Queens.

Special thanks to all the amazing Brisbane wedding vendors, as well as our wonderful Bride and Groom Stacey & Roo.

To find out more about these special wedding vendors, please click on their link below:

Wedding Venue – Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, Brisbane
Videography by Star Wedding TV
Photography by Erika Myer Photography
Bespoke Bridal Jewellery crowns and headpieces by Wendy Louise Designs
Wedding gown supplied by Elizabeth De Varga
Brisbane Celebrant Neal Foster
Flowers by Brisbane Market Flowers
Wedding and Ceremony decorator by Styled Events
Wedding Cake supplied by Cakes by Judy C
Professional beauty therapist and Make Up Artist – Amanda Denning
Groom’s Suit supplied by Black Jacket Suit Hire, Milton
Our lovely Bride and Groom – Stacey and Roo

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Wedding Quiz: Are you a Bridezilla? http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/wedding-quiz-bridezilla/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:03:38 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4755 Are you A Bridezilla? Take our quizHow much of a Bridezilla are you? Take our fun quiz and find out! 1. How well do you know your wedding coordinator? a) I don’t even remember her name? b) I have spoken with her once or twice since we viewed the venue c) I have contact about twice a week d) I speak […]

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How much of a Bridezilla are you? Take our fun quiz and find out!

1. How well do you know your wedding coordinator?

a) I don’t even remember her name?
b) I have spoken with her once or twice since we viewed the venue
c) I have contact about twice a week
d) I speak with about 5 times a day, she often rejects my calls

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2. How many tasks have you given your maid of honor?

a) None, other than show up
b) Nothing other than arrange the Hens
c) Plan the Hens, deliver the cake, attend all dress fittings and a few on the day errands
d) She has a task list that was sent to her upon acceptance of being my maid of honor, I expect her to be at my absolute beck and call

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3. How much time a week do you spend on planning?

a) Maybe 15 minutes if I have to
b) About an hour
c) 6-12 hours
d) I have given up my job to plan my wedding full time

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4. What are you suggesting for gifts?

a) We have said no gifts
b) We have suggested cash
c) We have done a gift registry with items we would love
d) We have emailed all our guests a list of expected items and a recommended spend per guest

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5. How did you pick your bridesmaids?

a) I picked my very best friend
b) I choose my closest friends who I knew would support me on the day
c) I wrote a list of everyone I wanted and then shortlisted based on who would be most help
d) I choose my friends that would make me look best on my big day. No slim beautiful bridesmaid please, it is all about me

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6. How much say has your partner had in your plans?

a) We have planned everything together
b) We chose the venue and package together, but I am looking after the styling choices
c) I have selected most things but he is choosing the groomsmen’s suits
d) It is my day and I have chosen absolutely everything. My fiancé hasn’t even seen his suit. He probably won’t like it but it does so well with my flowers.

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7. What do you do to de-stress in the lead up to your wedding?

a) Nothing, I’m not stressed
b) A few deep breaths and move on
c) A bottle of wine whilst I pour over wedding emails and make calls
d) I do not have time to worry about stress. Everyone has their jobs and I need to make sure they all get done to my standard

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8. How upset do you think you would be if the best man forgot the rings?

a) Not at all, I would laugh because it is so cliché
b) I would be disappointed but I would get over it quickly
c) I was be pretty angry with him
d) He couldn’t because I do not trust him so I am taking them myself. If he lost them I would never speak to him ever again.

A’s – 0%
B’s – 4%
C’s – 8%
D’s – 12.5%

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Don’t miss Riverfire this Saturday! http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/dont-miss-riverfire-saturday-2/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:48:57 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4848 Riverfire Event BrisbaneThe highlight of the Brisbane Festival, Sunsuper Riverfire, is truly a magnificent experience. Don’t miss your chance to see the amazing fireworks spectacular from the best view point in Brisbane! Avoid the crowds and book a table on board the Kookaburra Queens for this Saturday night. Tickets are just $149 for Adults, Kids (4-12 years) […]

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The highlight of the Brisbane Festival, Sunsuper Riverfire, is truly a magnificent experience.
Don’t miss your chance to see the amazing fireworks spectacular from the best view point in Brisbane! Avoid the crowds and book a table on board the Kookaburra Queens for this Saturday night.

Tickets are just $149 for Adults, Kids (4-12 years) $99 and infants (0-3) free!

Join the Captains Club and save 10% off your total bill, including drink tokens! Join here for free

Inclusions:
• Access to the main deck or upper deck areas
• Allocated seating
• Canapes & finger food
• Live entertainment

Drink Tokens can be purchased as an optional extra.
6 Beverage Tokens $40
6 standard drinks of your choice

10 Beverage Tokens $60
10 standard drinks of your choice

1 Token = 1 Drink, 2 Tokens = 1 Cocktail

DEPARTING:
Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

TIMES
Boarding 3:30pm
Departing at 4:30pm
Returning at 8.30pm

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Wedding Tips: Children at Weddings http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/wedding-tips-children-weddings/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:46:21 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4525 Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator. Do you invite children to your wedding? First of all, do you want children at your wedding? If not, then don’t. It is also perfectly acceptable to have your own or close family (nieces, nephews etc) and not invite other guest’s children. Just ensure […]

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Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator.

Do you invite children to your wedding?

First of all, do you want children at your wedding? If not, then don’t. It is also perfectly acceptable to have your own or close family (nieces, nephews etc) and not invite other guest’s children. Just ensure you send out invitations with plenty of notice so those guests with children can ensure they have childcare for the evening. You should never feel pressured to invite children to your big day if you do not want to.

If you have guests traveling to your wedding from interstate or overseas you need to consider the logistics of them not bringing their children to the wedding. You may need to help them find someone they feel comfortable to leave their children with if they bring them on the trip.

If you would like your own or close mini family members to attend the ceremony and not the reception this is also fine. Make sure you spend time finding the right babysitter to spend the night with them. You do not want to be sat there worrying about them at your reception because all your usual sitters, like Grandma, is at the reception. It is a good idea to ask other parents you trust who babysits for them or if they attend Kindy, ask their teacher if they would babysit. Meet with them before the day and talk about what you want from them and talk them through your little ones routine. If you have babies or toddlers, you may want them to take the child out of the ceremony if they become unsettled; you may wish them to walk down the aisle with them etc.

If you are getting married in another town, it is a good idea to book a hotel room for the carer in the same hotel as you or as Grandma (whoever will be taking over in the morning). Ensure you are well organised and have packed and prepared everything the carer and little ones needs. Don’t forget to pack lots of activities and comforts. It can be challenging packing overnight for a little one at the best of times, you do not need this added stress on your wedding day! If you are getting married in your hometown, it may be best to invite them to stay at your place so the little ones are in familiar surroundings. It is a nice idea to arrange room service or takeaway for the carer and maybe leave them some DVDs etc.

If you decide to have a child free wedding there is one thing you may have to consider – a breast feeding mum. Mother’s that breastfeed often do not have a choice but to be with their child 24/7. Often babies will not accept a substitute, even for your special day. This is something you will most likely just have to understand.

Inviting children to the whole day

If you are thinking of inviting children to the whole day the first thing you should do is discuss it with your venue. Ask are children allowed, how much they charge for children, what facilities they have for children, do they provide children’s menus, etc. This may help you with your decision.
If your venue is kid friendly then you may wish to ask close family and friends, if they want to bring their children. Often parent’s secretly love wedding as they get a night off to let their hair down. You may think you are being kind by inviting their children but the reality is they may prefer to leave them with a sitter. On the other hand, if the wedding is far from home it may be more comforting for a parent to bring their children.
You should also consider timings. The parents may need to leave early (especially if the children are young). You should consider finishing the formalities early enough, so if anyone needs to leave early they do not feel obliged to stay.

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Weddings can be boring for kids, which may cause disruption (probably when you least want it such as a very teary speech!) so ensure there is plenty to keep them occupied. Activity packs on the table are a great way to keep kids seated and quiet during dinner. If the space allows in the venue, you could set up a kids area filled with activities or if your budget allows you could even arrange for a kids entertainer. The day is also very long and for younger kids very unsettling as their routine is disturbed. You may wish to allocate a quiet place for them to nap or rest.

Do you have a kids table

Do you have a kids table? This is something I get asked all the time. It really depends on the ages of the children. It is a fantastic idea with older children as they will be much happier and entertained in each others company. If there are little ones, I would recommend speaking with the parents. They may not feel comfortable with this. The child may need assistance cutting food or feeding etc. A way around this is ensure the parents are sitting within reaching distance of their child by carefully placing the tables. Another way is to enlist the help of someone to join the kids table (perhaps a teenage niece or cousin) who would enjoy the responsibility.

For families staying overnight, it is a nice idea to recommend accommodation that has family rooms that is close to your reception. When you do this, you should also consider budget. Not all families can afford to spend as much on your day as other guests without young children.
Whatever you decide, make sure it is what is best for you and your partner. It is your big day. If you have anyway concerns your decisions will offend anyone, speak to them directly before you send out the invitations and explain your reasons to avoid any unnecessary upset or stress.

Wishing you the best on your big day!

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Recipe: Wild mushroom and potato gnocchi http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/recipe-wild-mushroom-potato-gnocchi/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:41:20 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4705 recipe - wild mushroom and home made potato gnocchiSago of wild mushrooms, slow cooked until rich and tender and served with our home-made potato gnocchi. Serves 4 Gnocchi Ingredients • 1kg Desiree potatoes, unpeeled • 1 tsp salt • 115g (3/4 cup) plain flour • Plain flour, extra, to dust Sago Ingredients • 70g butter, chopped • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 250g […]

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Sago of wild mushrooms, slow cooked until rich and tender and served with our home-made potato gnocchi.

Serves 4

Gnocchi Ingredients
• 1kg Desiree potatoes, unpeeled
• 1 tsp salt
• 115g (3/4 cup) plain flour
• Plain flour, extra, to dust

Sago Ingredients

• 70g butter, chopped
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 250g button mushrooms, quartered
• 250g Swiss brown mushrooms, quartered
• 3 eschalots, finely chopped
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 1/3 cup pure cream
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

Gnocchi Method
1. Place potatoes in a saucepan of cold water. Cover and bring to boil over high heat.
Reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until soft.

2. Drain and leave the potatoes to cool for about 30 minutes, then peel with a small knife and return potatoes to the pan.
TIP: If they’re still too hot to handle, wear clean rubber gloves.

3. Mash potato until just smooth. Separate mixture into quarters. Press one-quarter of the potato mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Repeat this process in 3 batches. Add salt and pepper to season.

4. Add flour to the potato and mix to form a firm, slightly sticky dough.
TIP: If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour, but only a tablespoon at a time. Too much makes the dough heavy.

5. Cut dough into 4 even portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 2cm-thick log.

6. Use a lightly floured knife to cut logs into 2cm pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Place on a floured tray lined with clean dry tea towel, making sure the gnocchi don’t touch each other.

7. Gently roll the back of a lightly floured fork over the gnocchi, one at a time.
TIP: The ridges help sauce cling to the gnocchi and give them a traditional Italian finish.

8. Bring a large shallow saucepan of water to the boil. Add one-quarter of the gnocchi. When they rise to the surface – after about 2-3 minutes – they’re ready.

9. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a baking tray, making sure there’s a little cooking water still on the tray. This stops them sticking together.

Sago Method:
Heat butter and oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
When butter has melted add mushroom, eschalot and garlic.
Stir for 6 minutes or until mushrooms are golden.

To Serve
Arrange gnocchi and Sago on a plate and serve hot

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Top 25 Wedding Planning Mistakes http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/25-wedding-planning-mistakes/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:59:13 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4620 Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator. When it comes to wedding planning, adding extra stress isn’t that hard to do. We’ve put together a list of 25 of the top planning mistakes you can make and how to avoid them when planning your own big day. 1. Making plans too […]

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Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator.

When it comes to wedding planning, adding extra stress isn’t that hard to do. We’ve put together a list of 25 of the top planning mistakes you can make and how to avoid them when planning your own big day.

1. Making plans too soon.

Don’t make any plans until you have worked out your guest list and budget. You cannot decide on a venue until you know these things and you can’t finalise a date until you select a venue! So whilst it’s probably the least exciting part of planning, it is a must, and it needs to be done before anything else!

Wedding this, wedding that…

2. Wedding this, wedding that…

Remember that while your friends and family are most likely thrilled at your upcoming nuptials, they won’t want to talk about it day and night. Take time to spend some with them not discussing your wedding.

3. Don’t stress about copying

If you want the same pair of shoes that your best friend had when she got married, then get them. Is your cousin planning a wedding the same time and wants the same colour scheme – who cares? It is your wedding day, not a competition. There is no prize for who did it best.

Crash Dieting

4. Crash dieting

Do you really need to diet? If not, why are you? If you feel you want to lose some weight before your big day, set realistic expectations and eat well and exercise. Crash dieting is a big no no, it will make you more irritable, tired and stressed – the last thing you need in the lead up to your big day. You should be taking good care of yourself, not punishing your body. If you plan to lose a lot of weight, make sure you consult with your dress maker. It would be great if you lost heaps of weight but not if your dress doesn’t fit!

5. “I don’t need help”

Don’t feel you have to take everything on yourself. If you are overwhelmed, ask one of the bridal party or a family member to take care of some things. It is likely they will be happy to help. Or, you could consider a wedding planner. A professional can coordinate everything for you, leaving you free to take care of the smaller things.

Hey big spender

6. Hey big spender

Make sure you keep an eye on that budget. Make sure you do not forget all the extras. If you set a budget for your look, don’t blow it all on the dress – remember you need shoes, veil, headpiece, hair, makeup etc When you look for a venue, don’t think the pp price is your total, you still may need a celebrant, flowers, transport, photographer, cake etc. You need to consider all items before you go crazy spending money you do not have and then panicking at the end.

7. Do not plan to do any jobs on the day of the wedding

On your wedding day you should wake up, get ready and have your photos done before you head to the ceremony. You do not need to be running errands delivering place names or your cake to the venue. Try to do all this in advance and if the venue will not accept a delivery prior to the day, allocate this task to someone else.

Pretty Shoes

8. Pretty Shoes

Be realistic with your wedding shoes. Of course you want them to look fabulous but trust me when you cannot walk 1 hour into your wedding you will not care how fabulous they look. Make sure they are comfortable as it will be a long day and you will spend most of it on your feet. If you just have to have that killer pair, make sure you have a back up pair for later. I promise you, it will be the best advice you have ever taken!

Ummmm cake…

9. Ummmm cake

There are a few mistakes couples make with their cake. Firstly, if you cake is to be served as dessert at the reception, make sure the cake serves the correct amount of guests. Too often the cake is not enough to serve guests and the venue is left with the embarrassment of not having dessert for everyone. If you plan to keep a tier, make sure the other tiers will feed your guests and make sure you pass this instruction to your venue. Do not assume the chef will know. Also, when you deliver your cake to the venue, make sure you leave instructions for the kitchen. Should the cake be refrigerated or stored in a cool dry room?

Oh, it won’t rain

10. “Oh it won’t rain”

If you are having an outdoor ceremony, make sure you have a wet weather back up. Your venue should be able to offer an alternative or advice on this. On the week of the wedding, look to see what the weather is doing. If it is likely to be a scorcher and you are holding the ceremony outside, consider parasols, bottled water and even sunnies for your guests. Might rain? Look at supplying umbrellas. Matching umbrellas for the Bridal party will make for great photos.

Don’t over commit to DIY projects

11. Don’t over commit to DIY projects

Yes, you can probably make it yourself, but is it really worth it? You do not want to spend every night doing arts and crafts – remember your fiancé? He may want to spend some quality time with his wife to be not just cutting and gluing every night. You need to realistic with your time and whilst DIYing is a great way to personalise your wedding and save money, don’t over do it. Sometimes it’s just worth getting someone else to do it.

12. Think about your guests

Don’t leave too long between your ceremony and reception. If they are in one location, supply canapes, drinks, music and maybe even games to entertain your guests whilst you have your photos done. If there is a change in location, make sure instructions are clear and you leave enough time for them to get there, but avoid leaving a huge gap as guests will get bored standing around. They may even head to the local pub and end up being late! Also, check out the parking and transport options beforehand and give your guests clear instructions with their invite. You may need to consider providing transport for your guests.

Your wedding morning

13. Don’t rush your wedding morning

Make sure you plan enough time for your hair and make up. If you are having the photographer with you for getting ready shots, discuss the time this will take. You do not want to miss out on important photos, time with your loved ones or be late for your ceremony because you are rushing. It is better to be ready and spend more time taking photos and spending time with your bridal party than be in a fluster.

14. No Schedule

Your venue will normally work with you to produce a run sheet for the ceremony / reception. It is worth planning your full day from getting ready to what needs to be done at the end of the wedding. Give a copy to everyone involved including all the bridal party and vendors. You schedule should also include any errands and deliveries to be done prior to the day.

Speeches Overload

15. Speeches Overload

To avoid your speeches going on and on, allocate a time frame to those you want to make a speech and do not have an open mic. It is very important for the venue that your speeches do not over run. The food has to be served when it is ready and cannot be held because your speeches go longer than you have allocated. You also need to control the length of speeches to avoid your guests getting bored and frustrated.

16. Don’t forget to mingle

Remember your guests will have put time, money and effort into attending your big day. Don’t forget to spend time with your guests. If you have a large wedding, you may not have time to talk to everyone properly, but take the time to walk around and thank them for coming. It is also kind to thank them during the speeches to acknowledge your gratitude.

Bridezilla

17. Bridezilla

Things are unlikely to go exactly to plan on the day – who cares! Most couples don’t even notice or worry about the minor issues that creep up on the day. Don’t get wrapped up in the minor things and remember why you are celebrating. You do not want to waste any time on your day getting upset or angry – just go with it and enjoy.

Photography and videography

18. Photography and videography

Make sure you speak with your photographer / videographer about what you want to achieve in advance. Make sure you leave time to get the photos you want. After it is all done and dusted your photos and video will be your special memories for years to come. It is worth taking the time to do it right.

19. Trying to please everyone

Whilst it is important to consider your guests, you cannot please everyone. You and your partner should have the day you want and not worry about accommodating everyone’s every need. Mobility issues, dietary requirements and transport are the main considerations you should make for others.

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20. Choose your bridal party carefully

Do not rush into a decision. Whilst it is tempting to ask people to be part of your special day as soon as the ring is on your finger, you need to make sure you choose the right people. The people you choose need to be able to invest time and effort into helping you. They should be your very nearest and dearest as they will be in all your main photos, will make speeches, be the ones your rely on to help and the ones who stand next to you during your ceremony.

21.Entertainment

21. Entertainment

Many couples opt not to spend money on entertainment for the reception and regret it later. An Ipod or your neighbour’s son on the decks may not be as suitable as you thought on the day. A professional DJ or singer is a worthwhile investment and often not that expensive. They will also usually provide microphones for you to use during your speeches and can act as an MC if you do not have one.

22. Gifts

Do guide your guests towards what you want as a gift. A gift registry is a great way of ensuring you get the gifts you want, or the wishing well is becoming almost standard in weddings now. Make sure you include your preference to cash or vouchers in your invitations. If you tell guests “no gifts” make sure you still have a small gift table for cards and for those who brought gifts anyway.

23. “We don’t need Wedding Insurance”

Look into purchasing wedding insurance. It is every couples worst nightmare for the venue to bankrupt losing all of their clients’ money, leaving the couple with no venue and no money. Good wedding insurance should cover your venue and vendors, cancellation, postponement, rings, transport etc making sure you are not out of pocket if something goes wrong.

24. Don’t forget about your vendors

The better your relationship is with your vendors, the more you will get out of them. Make sure you provide a meal and drinks for them and include them in your day.

And most importantly... Don’t stress!

25. And most importantly… Don’t stress!

I promise you, everything you are worried about in the lead up to your wedding will not matter to you after the day. The minor details are minor for a reason and are not worth losing sleep over. Your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life, enjoy it!

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Planning your Wedding: Where to Start http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/planning-wedding-start/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:17:14 +0000 http://kookaburrariverqueens.com/?p=4528 Wedding Planning Tips with Kookaburra QueensWedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator. Congratulations, you’re engaged! Oooh exciting wedding plans! Except that after a few expos and reading a few bridal magazines (yes you just spend $15 to read a book of ads) you are so daunted by everything you need to do and everyone else who […]

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Wedding Tips & Hints from Kookaburra Showboat Cruises professional Wedding Coordinator.

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Oooh exciting wedding plans! Except that after a few expos and reading a few bridal magazines (yes you just spend $15 to read a book of ads) you are so daunted by everything you need to do and everyone else who was going to help has suddenly crawled under a rock not to be found.

Now you are expected to become a wedding and stylist professional over night, lose half your body weight, learn how to make a burlap bunting and find more money than you normally earn in a year to pay for it all. Take a few breaths, calm down and I will take you step by step through planning your wedding.

Each week I will tackle a new topic, full of advice to help keep this process simple (and guess what, it is for free!) This week, let’s start with “Where to start”. The first thing you need to book is your venue/s. But before you jump in and get lost in a sea of barns, hotels, boats and parks you need to make some key decisions.

Pick the perfect wedding date

Date

When do you want to get married? Is there a meaningful date for you? If so, this may limit your choice of venue and should be the first question you ask a venue you are considering. Some venues will have a 2 year wait list – are you willing to wait? If you are flexible, discuss which season you would like to get married in and when will you be able to afford it. Also, consider major sporting events, public holiday, school holidays, close family or friends birthdays or holidays. The last thing you want is your Uncle John sitting in the back row watching the footie on his phone whilst you’re saying your nuptials. Certain dates may be more expensive (eg Valentine’s Day) so you need to decide how important this is to you and the implications this may have on your budget. You should also discuss which day of the week you want to get married. Most venues will offer a significant discount to get married mid-week. Mid-week weddings are becoming very popular and it is not considered inconsiderate to your guests if enough notice is provided. A Friday is a good day as it is usually easier for people to take a Friday off work.

Ideal Wedding Locations

Location

Where do you want to get married? Close to home or far away? On the beach or in the mountains? Do you want sole use of a venue or are you happy to share? Wherever you choose, you need to check out accommodation / transport options for your guests. Ensure you consider guests with mobility issues and any elderly guests when deciding this. For example, picking a ceremony location on the top of a mountain may sound beautiful but not so good for your 90 year old great grandmother who uses a walker.

Guest numbers

Ahhh, the dreaded list! You have started it a hundred times but haven’t got to the end. Do you have to invite your cousin Tracey you haven’t seen in 20 years? The answer is, you invite who you want to invite. Sit down with your partner and work it out together. It is a good idea to write a two tier list. The first tier should include all those guests you couldn’t dream of getting married without. This should include your family and close friends. Do not forget to invite their partners if they have them. If your partner is not too clued up on his family, you may wish to involve his mother for advice, but do not get bullied into inviting obscure family members you do not want to invite. It is your day not hers! The second tier should include guests you would like to invite but it is not imperative they attend. There are different ways of using these two tiers. You could use your first tier as your guest number and then when your RSVP’s come back you can replace anyone from the first tier that couldn’t attend with guests from the second tier. Make sure you have extra invitations printed in anticipation of this. You may draw from the second tier if the venue you select has a higher minimum numbers than what you had on your first tier. Also, your budget may increase for a variety of reasons (including venue choice) which may mean you can invite more guests that what you had on your first tier.

Pick your wedding style & theme

Style

Do you know what style wedding you want? Indoor or outdoor? Rustic or elegant? Colours? Lights? You may know exactly what you want and have done since you were 7 or you may be so lost and don’t know your Tiffany chair from your birdcage wishing well. If you know what you want, make sure you discuss this with your partner, to make sure you are on the same page. You may need to make some comprises before you start looking at venues. Take these ideas with you when you look around your shortlisted venues and see if you could make them work. Usually venues will not be set up when you look around, so you will need to use your imagination. Ask the venues wedding coordinator about the possibility of your ideas. If you have no idea, don’t stress, lots of couples have no idea what they want other than they want it to look good. A good wedding coordinator will show you examples of other weddings and will ask the right questions to find the style and design for you.

Weddding Budget

Budget

You need to work out your finances. Who is paying for the wedding? If parents are contributing you need some sort of idea on the budget they have in mind. If you are paying or contributing, you need to sit down and work out a realistic budget. You then need to write a list of what you need to spend money on and allocate it out. EG dress, bridesmaid dress, transport, flowers, photography, beauty, celebrant, etc

What is important?

Work out what the key requirements of your venue are. What can you not compromise on and what would you be willing to be flexible on. Food options and food quality, beverage options, styling options, capacity, mobility access, layout of venue, location, accommodation options, budget, etc. You then need to use this as your check list when shortlisting venues. Do not get lost in all the fancy galleries and web of words. Look to see if that venue meets all your must have requirements (don’t be surprised if your must have requirements change, especially if something you wanted is hard to come by) and then see how many of your other flexible requirements it meets. Request the brochure for each venue that meets your requirements and sit down with your partner to create a shortlist. I would recommend narrowing this down to approx. 3 venues. Write a list of questions for the venue and then call the venue’s wedding coordinator and discuss your requirements. It is important to have a good rapport with your venue wedding coordinator as you must feel comfortable with them as you are going to be relying on them for guidance. The coordinator is more important than the venue as they are the face of the company and will really set the precedence for the whole day. You need a coordinator that is experienced, friendly, creative and willing to work with your requirements. No venue should be too important for its clients; you should not feel intimated on your big day.

Visit your shortlisted venues

You should both attend the site inspections and take your list of questions. You need to make sure the venue meets your discussed requirements, and if not, you will need to work out if you are willing to compromise. Take notes and take photos. Ask the coordinator to give you an estimation based on your requirements. Get the coordinator to talk you through a “typical wedding”. Hopefully, during your inspections, one of these venues will stand out and you will be able to make your decision easily. If not, it is back to the drawing board. You should take time out after the inspections to discuss what was missing and to look back at your requirements and make sure they are realistic and consider if they may need adjusting. You may find you might have to compromise in order to find the right venue. Finding a venue is like house hunting, it may seem like you will never find the right one, but when you find it, you will just know.

Once you find your perfect venue – BOOK IT! Do not lose your date; let them know you wish to proceed as soon as you decide so they can hold the date. Then pat yourself on the back – this is the biggest part of your wedding organised!

Download our complimentary Wedding Planner to make it easier in planning your special day.

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